Until August 27th, Complesso del Vittoriano is housing the world famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s first major Italian retrospective. In honor of the artist’s 85th birthday, the show highlights fifty of masterpieces that trace his masterful career, from 1958 to 2016. Botero’s fantastic and voluptuous style is represented in the exhibition in eight sections: sculptures, representations of old masters, still lifes, religion, politics, life in Latin America, nudes, and the circus. Each category features Botero’s excellence in different forms.
The artist’s stylistic representation of figures as large and exaggerated in volume, has become the quintessential element in his work. His pieces also rely heavily on colour. He approaches his figures with an open-minded intention, and paints characters from all walks of life. With his unique ability to harmonise traditional and the contemporary elements, Botero creates his own individual style.
Botero says of his still lives, “When I paint an apple or an orange, I know that people will be able to recognize that it is mine and it was me who painted it, because what I try to do is give each element I paint, down to the simplest ones, a personality that comes from a deep conviction.” The most eye catching still life at the exhibition is Still Life in Front of Balcony.
TILL 27 AUGUST 2017
Complesso del Vittoriano, Via San Pietro in Carcere
Open Mon–Thurs 9.30am–7.30 pm; Fri –Sat, 9.30 am–10 pm; Sun 9.30am – 8.30pm
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